Continental Electric’s long and storied history is rooted in a family culture that celebrates enterprise and achievement, both personal and professional, among its family of employees. Following are some of the more notable accomplishments during our company’s history:
In 2012, Continental celebrated it’s 100 Year Anniversary
Since our inception, over 20 office and field employees had more than 40 years tenure and over 80 employees had more than 30 years tenure. Average tenure at CECCo is more than 15 years.
Effective 2015, (72) office and field have been trained in CPR.
Effective 2015, (200) office and field have been trained in 10 hour OSHA, (115) have been trained in 30 hour OSHA.
Dan Burns; CECCo Senior PM, has 20 brothers and sisters (no twins). The Burns Family remains one of the largest in Illinois.
In 2012, CECCo consolidated the Hillside, Carol Stream, and Skokie offices to our new offices in Oak Brook, where we immediately installed a new solar and battery storage system to help subsidize our energy costs.
CECCo has acquired or merged with 14 different electrical contractors in a 25-year period (Gregory, Alfred , Ogden, Barr, Bell, Commercial Light, Fries Walters, Goldberg & O’Brien, Hatfield, Hultgren, Kilbar, New Alliance, Crescent, Gilberts).
Harry Witz; past President (Witz Family 1st generation) immigrated to the USA from Latvia in 1908 — Harry was one of many immigrants to climb the 3-story Water Tower to view the city in search for work.
Leo Witz; past President (Witz Family 2nd generation) was an avid handball player, football player, golfer, artist and a professional engineer, lawyer, and contractor.
William Witz; past President (Witz Family 3rd generation) and adventurist skied 1 million vertical feet, 1.5 million vertical feet, and 2 million vertical feet for three consecutive years.
CECCo performed over 1.4 million labor hours; managing a crew of over 710 union electricians in a single year.
Over the past 30 years The Witz Family Foundation has contributed to more than 25 charities annually.
We have funded our profit sharing program for 20 consecutive years.
At one point CECCo had built the tallest steel structure in the world; Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and tallest concrete structure in the world; Water Tower Place.
CECCo was once an integral part of a national company, which performed over 4 billion dollars worth of business each year
The Northlake Data Center Project was the largest project in CECCo history — the project demanded over 1.1 million feet of conduit and over 4.7 million feet of cable, which we installed in less than 10 months.
Our safety initiative keeps our EMR between .51 – .65; a level that is one the lowest in the industry. Effective in 2015, our EMR is .58.
CECCo produces over 1,500 estimates each year.
CECCo owns and maintains 5000 tools and pieces of safety equipment including; over 500 ladders, 300 gang boxes, 500 drills, and 100 conduit benders.